Dana Eveland the Dark Horse

More so than any other players on the roster, Spring Training is where starting pitchers are made or broken.

Position players all but divvied out at the onset of Spring Training, but pitchers vying to win a spot in the starting rotation have to fight tooth and nail to prove themselves to the coaching staff.

Luckily for Dana Eveland, he just might have pitched himself onto the Opening Day roster.


A dark horse candidate from the onset of Spring Training, Eveland hasn’t disappointed yet. Jordan Bastian tweeted Eveland’s line from Spring Training thus far – he leads all Blue Jays starters with 21 innings pitched, accompanied by a sparkling 1.23 ERA. Not too shabby for a guy who wasn’t even in the conversation when it came to candidates for the starting five.

At this point, it should be a no brainer to put Dana Eveland on the roster. For one, he is out of options and would have to clear waivers to be sent down to Las Vegas. If that were the case, it would make those innings pitched all for nothing if Eveland doesn’t even make the rotation.

The Manager claims only two of the five spots in the starting rotation are accounted for, so that leaves Brian Tallet, Marc Rzepczynski, Brandon Morrow, and Dana Eveland left to fill out the remaining three spots. With the most experience, in my opinion Tallet and Eveland are the favourites to win the final two starting rotation slots.

For the most part, we know what Brian Tallet is capable of. Morrow, Cecil and Rzepczynski are part of the long term plans for the Blue Jays, so there’s no real reason to rush them along any quicker than they need to be.

Dana Eveland on the other hand, is the wild card. There could be a lot of upside to him … or he could get completely lit up the first two months of the season and I could be completely wrong. However, that’s the kind of chance the Blue Jays are going to have to take on Eveland.

Sometimes you just have to roll the dice and hope you don’t get snake eyes.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

4 thoughts on “Dana Eveland the Dark Horse

  • March 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Well put, and I agree he should be in the starting five based on his performance. Still don't want Tallet in there though. I'm not convinced he has the endurance

  • March 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Personally, I'm not a fan of Tallet in the rotation either – but I have a feeling that Cito is going to lean on the guys who have the most experience starting games.

    We still don't even know if Morrow will be ready for next week, and I don't imagine we'll see Cecil on the 25-man roster to start the year.

  • March 31, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Rzepczynski just got hurt in today's game so maybe that's Eveland's entry into the rotation?

  • March 31, 2010 at 3:24 am

    It could very well be! The initial reports sound like Rzep should be okay, but I'm not sure if he'll get another chance to pitch before Spring Training ends.

    In my mind, Eveland should be on the team – but crazier things have happened!

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